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Member postings for Steven Vine

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Thread: Windows 10 forced upgrade
29/07/2016 15:44:42

Cortana is not all that bad.

I've got her to call me Sexy, which lifts me up.

But mostly, she does not seem to understand me at all. Sigh.

Thread: Pair Of Mystery Tools? Info please.
29/07/2016 11:52:15

I see you have one of those new rulers, that redefines the inch. You'll be out by nearly 5mm using that to convert 12 inches.smiley

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
18/07/2016 18:31:10
Posted by Clive Hartland on 18/07/2016 15:58:08:

I have been trying to get my Mountfield 470 mower to start. I have fitted new gaskets to the carb, and cleaned it all out, have a good strong spark. It will run if I squirt a syringe of petrol into the cylinder but will not pick up after to run? New air filter and I wonder what else to do? I would like to get it going because it is self powered and saves me a lot of pushing. Priming is by 3 presses of the priming bulb. This was replaced as well. Normally it starts straightaway but after the winter it did not.


I'm not familiar with the 470, but is it priming fuel ok, plenty of pressure and suction when you press the bulb?. If fuel line is perishing then it may cause your symptons. I had a similar issue with a strimmer this afternoon, caused by a perishing fuel pipe.


18/07/2016 07:37:03
Posted by Colin Whittaker on 18/07/2016 07:03:55:

Being challenged for your age?

Recently a young lady offered me her seat on the train and my jaw dropped before I blurted out, "I'm not that old!" I mean I'm 59, I run, swim, cycle etc. so I guess she mistook the tweed jacket and flat hat for a sign of decrepitude.


Something similar ...

I was in a Drive Thru at MacDonald's with my daughter. We were handed our meals in a bag.

"Can I have some Serviettes? I asked the young lad

"We don't do those" He said.

"You must do" I said (getting puzzled).

"It's not on the menu" He said (blankly)

"Serviettes! You must still do those" I said (getting slightly irritated)

"What are Serviettes" He said.

"Things to wipe your hands with" I said (now going into a state of shock)

"Oh, you mean Napkins! I've never heard them called Serviettes" He said (handing me far too many).

That's it, I'm old. I can't communicate with the young any more.


Thread: Woes of the hard soldering.
13/07/2016 21:10:17
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 13/07/2016 18:49:48:

Is that endcap brass or bronze?

c) use only bronze and copper in small boilers.

To overcome the dezincification of the brass I have often wondered if 'wetting' the entire inside surface of the brass end plate, with a coat of silver solder, would afford sufficient protection from the chemicals in the boiling water. What does the team think about this idea?

I've read you can get tablets to slow down the dezincification process (for the boiler I mean).


Thread: Protecting our Dark Skies
29/06/2016 17:07:58

Wow. The signature count has suddenly jumped up to over 9800. There is some marketing going on there! Kudos.


Thread: High temperature soft solder flux
27/06/2016 19:16:02
During the great copper tube shortage late 70s early 80s we used stainless tube. We had to use an acid flux to solder up the brass and copper fittings. I guess you should be able to pick up a pot at a good heating\plumbers merchants.
Thread: Protecting our Dark Skies
19/06/2016 21:01:09

Hi Damian.

Are you putting the word out on other home workshop type internet websites?


12/06/2016 10:50:56

I signed in at 5,727. Only another 4273 to go for the 10,000!

100,000 seems to be unreachable by 22nd July.

I hope it gets through.


10/06/2016 22:05:04
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Thread: What's going on ?
07/06/2016 16:08:11

Hi Richard

A few years ago I bought a cheap set of Linear parallels from one of the usual suppliers for around £45. A few weeks later, I noticed same set in a private ebay sale, and they were bought for £108! Someone wasn't doing their homework.


Thread: Electric motor question
04/06/2016 03:34:41

Have you connected a good known cable directly to the motor and fired it up, to take the other cable out of the picture?


Thread: Windows 10...more worries so listen...
30/05/2016 13:51:01
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 30/05/2016 13:31:48:You only truly don't have a privacy problem if you are prepared to give us, for example, all the following and more:

It is not only Microsoft that has access to your data. Almost any program you allow to run on your computer can harvest information, dial home, and present it to the people that made the software. You have no idea what information 3rd party software is collecting from your machine. Your data is there to be 'read'. Have you noticed that most programs will dial home and take you to their webpage, when you are uninstalling them. Yes, be safe out there!!


27/05/2016 19:01:19

I stopped watching the BBC and other 'serious' TV programmes years ago. I cannot be doing with this scaremongering rubbish!


Thread: An Application to create dividing head tables
26/05/2016 10:45:49

.... and it's satisfying making something yourself, and doing it your way.smiley

15/05/2016 18:32:40

This topic has picqued my interest. I have written a VB.Net application that will calculate the rotations and hole plates. Shaun sent me a copy of the old program he had (Mklotz), and I consulted that during the build.

The app is up and running. It loads and saves data and performs the calculations. I am still checking that it is calculating correctly. It seems ok with the few numbers I have thrown at it. It is still under test (which I hope covers my behind if the calcs are wrongindecision 

You can download it from this location **LINK**

You can specify up to 10 dividing heads with up to 20 hole circles per dividing head.

Feel free to download it and have a play. It's all safe.


Thread: What is the difference here? Subscription Costs
09/05/2016 21:20:13
Posted by gary shepherd on 09/05/2016 16:27:53:

sorry for offending you john, just a wee bit of humour.

I got it Gary, it wasn't wasted.laugh Jason's comment also made me laugh .... "renewal should be less as you are not paying for the gift".


Thread: Mounting a Vertex HHV 100 Rotary Table
28/04/2016 18:05:15

There does seem to be a lack of facility to mount the rt easily. Perhaps it is designed with a small footprint (without mounting lugs) so that it can be adapted to the smaller milling tables? Another thing that crosses my mind is that it looks like it can be easily made to fit the manufacturers bracket and become their tilting rotary table; are their sales of the tilting table slow, so they put these out in the market, or am I very wide of the mark?


Thread: Hoglet Build
28/04/2016 10:06:32
Posted by Nick_G on 28/04/2016 08:24:07:


Of course. A chucking spigot.!

Nice avoidance of an expletive there Nick!

I must say, as well as the whole job, that red paintwork is looking very nice. I like it.


Thread: Flange Radius for Copper Boilers
22/04/2016 15:09:14

A quick google leads to a lot of info. Not that I know a lot about this subject. The alco site says minimum radius for bar and flat bar is the thickness of the bar. The Rime site says 'Each material to be worked also has its own conversion factor. For example, the minimum bending radius of aluminium is determined by multiplying the sheet thickness by a factor of 2. If copper has to be bent a factor of 1.5 must be used. For steel the factor is 1. In this case the minimum radius equals the respective sheet thickness.' It also mentions about bending across or with the grain. **LINK**

What John says sounds good to me.


Edited By Steven Vine on 22/04/2016 15:10:30

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